The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Working Conditions, Employment, Career Development and Well-Being of Refugee Researchers Academic Article uri icon


  • The ongoing ‘refugee crisis’ of the past years has led to the migration of refugee researchers (RRs) to European countries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, RRs often had to work from home and/or to continue their social, cultural and economic integration process under new conditions. An online survey carried out to explore the impact of the pandemic on the refugee researchers showed that RRs found it difficult to adapt their everyday working life to the ‘home’ setting. The majority have had neither a suitable work environment at home nor the appropriate technology. Although they stated that they are rather pleased with the measures taken by the public authorities, they expressed concern about their vulnerability due to their precarious contracts and the bureaucratic asylum procedures, as the pandemic has had a negative impact on these major issues. The majority of RRs working in academia seem not to have been affected at all as far as their income is concerned, while the majority of those employed in other sectors became unemployed during the pandemic (58%). Recommendations are provided to the public authorities and policy makers to assist RRs to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic on their life.


  • Tzoraki, Ourania
  • Dimitrova, Svetlana
  • Barzakov, Marin
  • Yaseen, Saad
  • Gavalas, Vasilis
  • Harb, Hani
  • Haidari, Abas
  • Cahill, Brian
  • Ćulibrk, Alexandra
  • Nikolarea, Ekaterini
  • Andrianopulu, Eleni
  • Trajanovic, Miroslav

publication date

  • 2021


  • COVID-19; refugee researchers (RRs); researcher at risk; scholars at risk; employment; pandemic; working from home; asylum procedure

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